|Intro & Spirit Stuff
||[Dec. 15th, 2014|07:50 am]
The Strong Eye
Hello, shamanism! Is anyone still here? (I am crossposting my intro from allpaths, so apologies if you see this twice.)
I'm an old LJ user who has started over with a fresh journal, and I'm sad to see that most of livejournal seems to be dead. I'd really love to make some like-minded friends and connect with others! I've moved to a very rural area, and no one around here shares the same spiritual views as me. I've always been a happily mostly-solitary practitioner, but I'd at least love some place to swap experiences and ideas.
I guess I'm kind of a Christian-y pagan. Or neopagan, I guess it might be called. I grew up Christian and keep the holidays my family/culture celebrated. I like Jesus and think his teachings are right on, but nothing else from the Bible really resonates with me. Maybe some of the psalms, since I'm a poetry fan. I've been having a lot of personal yuck lately, especially with regards to depression & general emotional/mental darkness, so I'm trying to get back to my spiritual center. It's hard when I'm all alone in a new, very conservative area. There are no circles, no metaphysical churches, no UU classes, nothing but Baptist and Catholic churches as far as the eye can see. Which is great if that calls to you, but it doesn't call to me.
I get my spiritual well filled in nature! I've always felt a particular call to trees and Grandmother Moon. I'm really into shamanism. My primary totem is Wolf, but I also often work with Owl, Turtle, and Buffalo. Others move in and out of my life as needed. I've been a Reiki Master for about a decade now, and I really enjoy energy and healing work.
I guess I have a buffet-approach to my spirituality, as I tend to try anything I'm drawn to and use whatever feels right. Before I moved here, I did some Buddhist study and meditation classes, and I really enjoy meditation when I stick with it. I've slacked there, but that's one of my goals for the new year. I've worked with stones and crystals before, though that kind of fell by the wayside when I discovered shamanism. I did tarot and intuitive readings in my teens and early twenties, but I haven't done it since. I've also done angel/gods/goddess work, Akashic records, manifesting, a year of Wicca study (not for me – I'm much more free-flow in my pagan approach), and we keep a fairy garden and give gifts/offerings to the fae.
I have tons of spiritual/religious/new age books that I inherited from my mom & grandma when they died. I've not read through most of them, but that is also on the to-do list in the upcoming year. I plan to work through all of the books in my house which I haven't read (or haven't read in years), keep what speaks to me, and give away/yard sale the rest. I hope to share my renewed spiritual journey on my journal. It'll help keep me on track if I have someone to share this stuff with.
Other spiritual topics that I'm interested in learning about but know nothing about right now: lucid dreaming, astral travel (unless shamanic journeying counts?), reincarnation/past lives, other religions, yoga, tai chi, sacred poetry, developing psychic ability/mediumship, and herbal healing/essential oils.
Not-necessarily-spiritual topics I'm interested in: whole foods/healthy eating, healing from past abuse (I use TWs & spoiler tags), getting fit (I'm so floundering, but I'm trying), organic gardening, conservation/animal husbandry, survivalism, equal rights, genealogy, writing, fanfic/fandom/cosplay, art, music (listening & discovering new, not playing – I have no musical ability, myself). There's more stuff in my profile if you're interested.
I hope to make some new friends &/or get some good dialogues going! Thanks a bunch.